By: Chris Brunner
The Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida held their annual Thin Mint Sprint event across three separate locations where approximately 800 runners total raced and helped raise $40,000. Funds raised support the organization’s mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.
The Thin Mint Sprint 5K event in Broward County took place April 7 at Topeekeegee Yugnee Park in Hollywood. Following the 5K was the Tagalong Trot 100-yard dash, where kids eight and under also got to show off their speed.
The top three runners overall were Scott Bowden from Dania Beach, Helen McKenzie, from Fort Lauderdale, and Gabrielle Martin of Coral Springs. Top Female Finisher aged 10–14 went to Katherine Harner a Girl Scout Cadette from Coral Springs Troop 10434.
First place runner Scott Bowden completed the race in just 21 minutes and 22 seconds, while the second place overall and top female runner Helen McKenzie finished strong with a time of 21 minutes and 29 seconds.
Awards were given in 17 categories and all participants in the 5K race and Tagalong Trot received a box of Thin Mints after crossing the finish line. Sponsors included Publix Super Markets Charities, Panera Bread/Covelli Enterprises, Truly Nolen Pest Control, Duffy’s Foundation, and LaCroix Sparkling Water.
Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida said they are committed to meeting the needs of today’s girls by providing the Girl Scout Leadership Experience that will help her develop skills and create a strong foundation for future success. They serve nearly 10,000 girls in Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties. To explore opportunities to volunteer or partner with Girl Scouts, call 561-427-0177 or visit www.gssef.org.
Chris has been a contributing writer at Tamarac Talk and Coral Springs Talk since high school. He is a resident of Coral Springs and is currently attending college.